I have been so privileged and have had so many champions in my life - it’s important to me to be that champion for other people. As a community, when everyone feels like they have a champion and the resources to be the best they can be, we all benefit.
Investing in his community
Ash is teaching others how to be a part of the solution.
Nobody wants to see struggle. It's never easy to see someone living on the street or to see children in poverty. But it feels good to make a difference.
When it comes to United Way, the more I educate myself the more I want to be involved. I decided to join the United Way committee at my workplace and it was a really positive experience.
I went to every educational event that I could, including attending a poverty simulation where I began to understand how it feels to live with low income and struggle to provide for yourself and your children.
When I learn about the things that United Way accomplishes, I feel like I'm part of the solution.
Now I do my best to educate the people in my workplace so that they can be a part of the solution, too. The first thing I tell them? United Way is not a hand out, it's a hand up.
I let them know how United Way invests in things like getting young kids the right resources to finish school and break the cycle so they're not in poverty in their adulthood.
United Way knows better than I would or anyone else would where that dollar needs to go to make the biggest difference.
And I let people know that United Way has local impact. Our dollars stay right here, in the Alberta Capital Region. I think that it’s part of the Canadian DNA, to uplift your own community.
If we don't support Edmonton, who will? We have to do it ourselves. One day it might come back around to me, or to you.
I work in finance. You invest in stocks, you invest in GICs and mutual funds, why not invest in your community a little bit, too?